Equality advocates have called on the Prime Minister to condemn “disgusting” posters found in at least one Melbourne street that urge Australians to “Stop The Fags”.
The posters, spotted by a Twitter user in Heffernan Lane in Melbourne’s CBD make the bogus claim that “92 per cent of children raised by gay parents are abused” and show a child crouched as two hands hold rainbow-coloured belts in front of him.
A website address, ironmarch.org, found at the bottom of the poster leads to a neo-Nazi forum promoting racism and homophobia.
“The hate displayed in these posters will shock and disgust the overwhelming majority of Australians,” Mr Croome said.
He called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to condemn this vilification of LGBTI people, and “set out the parameters for respectful debate”.
“We have long warned the Government that a plebiscite or postal vote on marriage equality would amplify extremist and hateful views – yet the Prime Minister assured us of a respectful debate.
“It is now incumbent on the Prime Minister, who initiated the postal vote campaign, to take responsibility and denounce anti-LGBTI vilification like this poster.”
Mamamia has reached out to the Prime Minister’s office for a response.
Listen: Instead of a plebiscite, why didn’t we just do this? (Post continues after audio.)